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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Honda Accord 44 Accords, 4.2 months of data per Accord, average 4000 miles0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2015 Subaru Legacy 120 Legacys, 5.6 months of data per Legacy, average 5400 miles29
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Accord 125 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 11500 miles14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Legacy 78 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 14800 miles22
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 144 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 23300 miles

Redesigned.
11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Legacy 122 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 29600 miles22
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 48 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 34000 miles5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Legacy 101 Legacys, 10.2 months of data per Legacy, average 40300 miles25
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Accord 34 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 58700 miles28
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Legacy 132 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 53800 miles20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 43 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 56100 miles27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Legacy 105 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 64700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
32
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 49 Accords, 8.3 months of data per Accord, average 76400 miles21
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Legacy 51 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 74100 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.
91
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Accord 82 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 75800 miles

Redesigned.
33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Legacy 61 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 87300 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots. Also starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
91
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Accord 101 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 97300 miles34
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Legacy 43 Legacys, 10.0 months of data per Legacy, average 87100 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
81
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Accord 76 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 113700 miles41
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Legacy 63 Legacys, 8.8 months of data per Legacy, average 97100 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
93
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Accord 61 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 124100 miles42
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Legacy 102 Legacys, 8.8 months of data per Legacy, average 106600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
86
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Accord 69 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 137300 miles62
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Legacy   19 Legacys, 10.2 months of data per Legacy, average 139500 miles

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2003 Honda Accord 65 Accords, 7.2 months of data per Accord, average 141300 miles

Redesigned.
77
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Legacy 31 Legacys, 8.8 months of data per Legacy, average 150200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
110
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 39 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 144600 miles62
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Legacy   18 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 154100 miles

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2001 Honda Accord 45 Accords, 8.3 months of data per Accord, average 170600 miles42
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Subaru Legacy 26 Legacys, 8.5 months of data per Legacy, average 174000 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
82
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 39 Accords, 7.6 months of data per Accord, average 163100 miles44
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Legacy   18 Legacys, 7.7 months of data per Legacy, average 171000 miles

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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Legacy or Honda Accord reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Legacy and Honda Accord reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord have been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2009 4dr Sedan 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 262hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 262hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2008 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2007 4dr Sedan 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Sedan 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Very dependable.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 262hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 262hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon turbocharged 262hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports and many owner reviews confirm the Accord is a reliable car, maintaining its pluses even after high mileage.
2009 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
same as above
2009 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
2009 4dr Sedan 189-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Historical experience. The parts that matter most to drivability will last - in my experience an Accords drivetrain will remain functional while the body rusts away.
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 2dr Coupe 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2006 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2005 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
Long ago, someone warned me of Honda batteries being way too small. And what do you know, I did end up putting five batteries into our Accord over ten years. One of them, the alernator fried it. Another one just puked flat dead. Three others developed bad cells, always in hot weather. We live in high desert, we expect somewhat shorter battery life, but a battery every two years is too much. We've just bought a new Civic; this time I'll just plan on swapping batteries about every 24 months.
2003 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.4L I4
CVT FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.